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Poster: William Tell Date: May 16, 2010 7:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Sunday AM to LMA Forumites

This is the famed East Bay Area HS gig that is infamous for being a poor show (though glad to hear the two of you are enjoying it, Bill & Wharf)...I played BBall at this gym a handful of times in the 70s and we discussed the history.

If the stories are "true", via my older brothers, in general, most of the SF area bands (excepting MGrape--never heard about them doing it) played a HS dance or two in the E Bay at some point in their "early" careers (that is what's a little unusual about this one: you come from the "Live Dead" Fillmore run to a bumf%$k gym for crying outloud? No wonder Jerry was pissy...) But, Santana, CCR, and others all had supposedly played at one HS gym or another in my neck of the woods in the mid to late 60s.

Too bad I was in ele school!

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Poster: high flow Date: May 16, 2010 9:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Sunday AM to LMA Forumites

Driving from Hayward to Moraga(via Castro Valley) on Redwood Road was always a cool prelude to a nite of high school football and post-game partying.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 16, 2010 10:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Sunday AM to LMA Forumites

Beautiful drive indeed! I visit every yr or two (folks are gone now, and not many siblings in the area any more, but lots of HS bud's), and though all they do is complain about the growth, I still love it!

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Poster: buscameby Date: May 16, 2010 9:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Sunday AM to LMA Forumites

Playing in gyms was common in those days for a lot of bands.

I went to a Jesuit HS in Cincinnati and found pictures of Jeff Beck playing with the Yardbirds.

R&R and big venues were still in their infant stage.

I think Max's bash showed the money grabbers there were fortunes in those hippie rags.